‘Praying for the kids’: What we learned from the funeral of a mom who died after her baby died from Rotovac, carpet cleaner
A mother who died from rotovac during a home care visit to her newborn baby died on Sunday after being put into a medically induced coma and then revived at a hospital, according to a statement from the Rev. Thomas A. Smith, president of St. Joseph’s Catholic Charities in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Rev. Smith said his ministry, which provides home care services to the greater Santa Fe area, received a call from the baby’s father that the infant had fallen ill and was being resuscitated by paramedics.
The infant was pronounced dead at a local hospital, the statement said.
The cause of death was determined to be cardiac arrest, the Revs.
Smith and his wife, Michelle, told KTNV-TV.
The Revs said the baby died in the hospital because of a condition in which her heart was beating at a low level.
Michelle and Thomas were the parents of a boy and a girl.
Thomas said in the statement that the baby was put into the intensive care unit for a short period of time, but then released.
Michelle was there as well and then the baby began breathing again, according the statement.
She was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead, Thomas said.
“The entire time I was there, she was breathing, breathing, and she was doing great,” Thomas said of the baby.
“Then, I was at the hospital to see if she was OK, and the nurse told me she wasn’t, and that she had been resuscitated.”
The Revs’ statement did not provide details on the medical conditions of the child and the infant.
The family did not return calls for comment.
Thomas was not in Santa Barbara County on Sunday and did not have a statement posted on his Facebook page.
He did not respond to multiple messages.
“I am saddened by the loss of a wonderful family member and friend,” he wrote on Facebook.
“This tragic event has touched our hearts in a profound way.
I pray that our Lord will allow us to grieve together as we move forward.””
I pray for the comfort of all the families affected, especially those who have had a difficult time coming to grips with this tragic situation,” he continued.
“We know that our Heavenly Father loves us and will always love us.”
Thomas’ mother, Joanna, was a nurse who volunteered at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco, according a profile of her on LinkedIn.
She worked in the home care field for a time, and died on Sept. 28, 2018, the profile said.
A funeral was held Sunday evening in her honor at St, John’s Catholic Church in Santa Cruz, according for a statement.
Thomas said the family had planned to attend but could not.
“She was a good woman, and I’m devastated,” Thomas told KTAN-TV, adding that Michelle was a devout Catholic who had attended Mass weekly and would always pray before bedtime.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to her family,” Thomas added.